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Square Enix Mulls Remakes for More Classic Titles

A screenshot of an eye during a cutscene in Square's (later Square Enix) Xenogears.

Following the (totally expected) success of the Final Fantasy I-VI Pixel Remasters, Square Enix revealed that it’s considering remaking more of its classic games!

During the company’s recent 43rd Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, a shareholder asked about future remaster plans and said they hoped the company would remaster Xenogears. A board member replied: “We will refrain from sharing information about new titles, but we are considering various ideas within the company and hope that you will look forward to forthcoming announcements.”

Square Enix also responded to a question about longer gaps between its game releases compared to its peers. A board member responded: “I will say that we believe that the strengthening of our internal development organization will be of benefit as the difficulty of developing major titles is becoming extremely high, which also has implications for development lead times. We hope that this reinforcement of our organization will promote the development not only of major titles but also new IPs under the new management team.”

Naturally, excitement levels here at RPGFan are through the roof. More remasters?! New IPs?! And this news on the heels of Final Fantasy XVI?! I’m concerned about how Square Enix would even remaster Xenogears‘s text-heavy — and much-maligned — second disc, but this news is otherwise gold.

I’m also not sure that anyone can complain about the speed at which Square Enix releases titles. So far, 2023 has seen the company gift us with Forspoken, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, Octopath Traveler II, Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo, and Final Fantasy XVI. Plus, Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, Star Ocean: The Second Story R, and a number of other enticing titles (maybe including a Final Fantasy IX remaster?!) are on the horizon.

As to what comes from this news and when, Square Enix has given no additional hints. But you can be sure RPGFan will keep you posted about all things Square Enix — especially remaster news! In the meantime, enjoy some stunning screenshots from the company’s latest megahit, Final Fantasy XVI:

Source: Video Games Chronicle

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Cory Cauthon

Cory Cauthon

It took Cory a few decades to connect his interests in writing and RPGs, but he finally did! When he isn't playing or writing about RPGs, you can probably find him listening to podcasts or trying to corral his dogs.

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